Core Value I. My work demonstrates that I used a variety of social and interactive practices that involve recursive stages of exploration, discovery, conceptualization, and development.

The style of this course was very new to me. New, but I loved it. The way that we could go back and edit our work after you gave us feedback was more than helpful. Needless to say, your feedback was always harsh and honest. To some I could imagine it to be quite discouraging but to me, I found it helpful. Your honesty made me think about my writing much more. In other classes, you do your work to get a grade, while in here, you do the work to not get torn apart by your grading which makes you put in much more effort. Don’t take this the wrong way, I enjoyed it. Like in my 03 PDST claim you commented about how I chose the wrong way to write about this. You were rough on me but I took what you said and now I know better.

Core Value II. My work demonstrates that I placed texts into conversation with one another to create meaning by synthesizing ideas from various discourse communities. 

The way that you grade the material is a great way for me to implement this task. I was able to take your comments and effectively make the necessary changes. This teaches me to proof read my assignments and get them perfect before grading. This also gives me a good understanding of what you are looking for with every assignment. Another great tool is how I am able to see other students work. This helps me with formatting and brainstorms new ideas to implement into my writing. It really opens up my mind when I get stuck. For example, in my definition argument assignment, you commented and explained how my citations were wrong so I was able to go back and correct them!

Core Value III. My work demonstrates that I rhetorically analyzed the purpose, audience, and contexts of my own writing and other texts and visual arguments.

As stated before, the fact that other people can view my work is quite intimidating. With this being said, I tend to put more effort into my work when I know that others are able to view it as a resource. I wouldn’t want to do my assignment incorrectly and have someone else try and follow my same steps. It is one thing if my grade is bad but if someone else grade is impacted by me, thats a whole different story. The way the class is set up keeps me all around more motivated than other classes. In the Stone money assignment there were many ways to interpret the story so it was nice to see the way that others thought about money along with my original thoughts.

Core Value IV: My work demonstrates that I have met the expectations of academic writing by locating, evaluating, and incorporating illustrations and evidence to support my own ideas and interpretations.

Many of the assignments gave me a chance to really express what I had on my mind. My favorite thing about this class is that I get to write about things that are in my mind but never get the chance to express. Sometimes other students’ blog posts’ give me some structure on how I should write the things that I am thinking about. I love how if Im not sure how to structure a certain assignment, I can get some ideas from others. Then I can put my ideas into that structure to make the process much easier. It also helps me learn new writing styles other than my own. For example, the visual rewrite assignment, at first I formatted the assignment incorrectly. After I completed my writing, I noticed that my formatting was wrong so I was able to go back and format it properly.

Core Value V. My work demonstrates that I respect my ethical responsibility to represent complex ideas fairly and to the sources of my information with appropriate citation. 

For the most part, I believe that I am a fairly detailed writer. I am far from perfect so researching certain topics and putting that information into my writing is a very helpful tool to add some interesting knowledge. I have learned to properly cite everything that i get from other sources other than myself. I enjoy tying my thoughts in with a nice hard fact from a reputable source. It gives my thoughts more concrete evidence given that I am not a reputable source in certain areas. A nice twist to this course was the missing dollar assignment. It made you think about a problem and then we had to write about it. It made me think about more than just composition and writing. It was a very clever way to open up our minds.

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